>> we had the two world wars. the we had european civil wars. >> the three main figureheads will accept the prize when it is awarded in oslo in december. >> our european affairs correspondent joins us from brussels. what was your response? >> generally, surprise and amazement. this came out of left field. politics and seeming to going to the trenches, as it were, so it sounded like a joke. if you ask me for my initial reaction, i now know at the end of this long day of celebration and surprise that most people, including senior officials, were in much the same position.